22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Durango
— 3 nights
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Ouray
— 3 nights
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Aspen
— 4 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Estes Park

— 3 nights
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road, Bear Lake, &more). And it doesn't end there: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Brownfield's, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park visit planner.

Bozeman to Estes Park is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive. In September, Estes Park is somewhat warmer than Bozeman - with highs of 81°F and lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Durango.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Durango

— 3 nights
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Venture out of the city with trips to Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and Mesa Verde National Park (Balcony House & Cliff Palace). There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Durango trip planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Durango by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Durango, with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Ouray

— 3 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ouray: Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (South Rim Road & Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park) and Bear Creek Falls (in Telluride). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray trip planner.

You can drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in September, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Aspen

— 4 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Glenwood Springs (River Rafting & Tubing, Thermal Spas, &more). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and head outdoors with Devil's Punchbowl.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Aspen, with lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then see Off-Road Tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Aspen to Buena Vista by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Colorado Springs

— 4 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Cañon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Royal Gorge Bridge and Park). There's lots more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and make a trip to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs day trip app.

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Buena Vista in October since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Go for a jaunt from Denver to Georgetown to see Hotel de Paris Museum about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, get a taste of the local shopping with Denver Botanic Gardens, and don't miss a visit to 16th Street Mall.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Denver attractions app.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In October in Denver, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.